Goddard Gives You a Voice: Diasie Sammy-Christopher

“I came here thinking an academic course, and what I found was a poetic voice, an internal voice where my story, my experience, my perspective seemed more important than what someone else said,” explains Diasie Sammy-Christopher, who talks here about finding her voice at Goddard. These videos are part of a series done by videographer Alexander Love. Learn more about his work here.

Diasie Sammy-Christopher – Goddard Gives You a Voice from Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on Vimeo.

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Emily Carr on Education that Fun’s, Engaging and Passionate

Coming to Goddard with a background in working in education students, Emily Carr found her road back to the vitality and fun inherent in real learning. Listen to her talk about the focus of her studies at Goddard. These videos are part of a series done by videographer Alexander Love. Learn more about his work here.

Emily Carr – Education That’s Fun, Engaging and Passionate from Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on Vimeo.

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Learning Digital Storytelling at Goddard: Shakti Roumagoux on the Geshamas

Shakti Roumagoux, a student in the Individualized MA, has been around the block and the world a few times. A student of Thich Nhat Hahn and the Dalai Lama as well as other spiritual teachers, she has done many things in her long life, but never learned to create her own recording of a story. At the February 2017 residency, she worked with visiting staff member Jackie Batten Training and Academic Program Coordinator at Goddard’s radio station, WGDR, to create this short piece on 20 Tibetan Buddhist nuns who made history by being the first women to become Geshemas — passing all exams for this kind of degree (equivalent to a PhD in Buddhist philosophy) previously only open to men. Listen to it here on Soundcloud. She also shares her experience living in Dharmasala for years in her own practice. Here’s a conversation with Shakti about her years living in Plum Village in France when practicing with Thich Nhat Hahn that was featured on The Numinous School of Intuition podcast series.

Jackie Batten, in addition to helping students learn how to make podcasts and do radio, also works alongside area educators to teach audio story production in the classroom through WGDR’s Indie Kingdom Youth Radio Program. Indie Kingdom prepares a new generation of storytellers and reporters to develop and share local stories using the tools of the trade, both traditional and new, while earning secondary credit.

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The Magical Mystery Tour Features Teaching Transformation

product_thumbnailThe Magical Mystery Tour, a radio show on Goddard College’s WDGR, recently hosted GGI faculty members Lise Weil, Sarah Van Hoy, Katt Lissard, Lori Wynters, and Karen Campbell in discussing our first book on how we teach in GGI, Teaching Transformation: Progressive Education in Action. Lise Weil explains,

I wondered about this title Teaching Transformation….but what it really is is teaching as transformation because every single of us has been so transformed by teaching here…..Every student I’ve worked with has filled me with something I didn’t have before. It doesn’t happen at other institutions because I’ve been thinking about just how incredibly much I’ve been restructured by teaching here.

Listen to the whole interview right here. You can download our book for free right here, or order your own copy for $15 here.

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“You’ll Get Out of It What You Put Into It”: Hayley Lewis on the Goddard Experience

Hayley Lewis, a student at the Goddard Graduate Institute, talks about what led her to Goddard, and what she discovered here. These videos are part of a series done by videographer Alexander Love. Learn more about his work here.

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Can Writing Save Your Life?: GGI Faculty Featured in Saturday Evening Post

Mark Matousek

Mark Matousek

“What is it about expressive writing that heals us so dramatically? Why have our ancestors down through the ages turned to diaries, journals, and letter writing as sources of solace and self-understanding?” Mark Matousek asks in his article, “Can Writing Save Your Life?” He answers this question through interviews with many leaders in the field of expressive writing — Natalie Goldberg, Dr. James Pennebaker, Kathleen Adams, and the Goddard Graduate Institute’s own Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, who founded Transformation Language Arts, a master’s concentration at Goddard, and a growing profession and field (find out more through the TLA Network). Caryn discussed, among other things, how writing “….can heal us without necessarily curing us. When I was living through cancer, I wrote a lot, but there’s a difference between healing and curing. Finding greater meaning and vitality in your life can be a very healing endeavor, but it may not cure the disease.”

See the whole article here.

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Low-Residency Worked Well for Me as An International Student: Diasie Sammy-Christopher

Diasie Sammy-Christopher, who lives in Trinidad and Topago, explains how the low-residency program worked very well for her as an international student, who could travel here on a visitor’s visa without disrupting her work or family life. Listen to her from her last visit to Goddard during her graduation weekend. These videos are part of a series done by videographer Alexander Love. Learn more about his work here.

Diasie Sammy-Christopher – Low-Residency Worked For Me as an International Student from Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg on Vimeo.

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